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Happy Monday all! Thought I'd ease into the week with a tag that I've seen floating around recently. It's so interesting to take a step back from the community and look at what blogging has evolved into over the years. I'm now in my third (and counting) year of writing this blog and, until I sat down to write this post, hadn't given most of these questions a second thought. Feel free to carry the tag over to your own blogs too, I saw this on ASHLLYD and would love to hear your responses. 

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Confessions of A Blogger.

When did you start your blog?
I started writing Daisybutter in October 2009 but in its very formative few weeks, I didn't have any focus for posts, topics or even my 'voice' online. I took a back seat, read some of the very first blogs I ever discovered (Pearls and Poodles, Zoella and Sophie Is Made Up, fyi!) and eventually began scribing my own everyday style and student musings in January 2010.

Have you had any other online presences?
I've been online ever since my Mama first installed our AOL dial-up! Anyone remember those tinny email notifications and 'write your own story' page on AOL? I started out, community wise, on Neopets, then Bebo and Xanga, moving over to Livejournal and MySpace where I had one of those amateur graphic and layout sites, dabbled briefly with the Soompi and AsianFanatics forums, and over to Facebook and Tumblr… I like the Internet, okay?!

Why did you start a blog?
I'd read about style blogs in Teen Vogue back in 2007 and fell in love with keeping up with Fashiontoast, Sea of Shoes and Style Scrapbook every day. I knew pretty early on, aged around fourteen, that I want to write about fashion and style, and hey presto, these seemed like a fun way to get started: creating my own content, making it all look pretty… Yes pur-lease.

When did you become serious about starting a blog?
I've never taken blogging very 'seriously'. I kinda roll with the punches, prioritising it as a main hobby because I really don't like leaving the house, and post ideas always slide into my mind, no matter what I'm doing. Once I became a little more involved in the community - thank you Milly, Lauren and Lily for helping me with the first stepping stones! - it became my favourite thing to do. I looked forward to coming home from Uni and writing about my outfit, how I put it together, how Uni was or wasn't working out for me...

What was your first post?
My first post (now marked as a draft!) was an outfit post featuring a pair of floral Topshop culottes that I still have today! My first post in January 2010 was my Burberry Prorsum runway report, now also a draft! I didn't think too much about a first post or 'introductory' post.

What has been your biggest challenge about blogging?
Hmm, this fluctuates on a weekly basis! Back at Uni, it was the challenge of knowing where I stood as a blogger, learning very quickly about the 'money making' side of things and balancing blogger events with my studies. I studied Writing Fashion and Culture at Southampton Solent University, and networking at events and being surrounded by the industry was SO valuable with some of my modules. Then it meandered off into challenges with anonymous commenters, to keeping up with my emails, and currently my challenge is fitting blogging consistently and 'well' around full-time employment.

Where do you see your blog in one year?
I would love to see Daisybutter expand into new territories and audiences. Of course I'd love to expand my readership a little, but I'd also love to shape it into more of an online destination, somewhere that my readers can read a blog post but also get more out of being on my site. I'd love to meet more bloggers and see new places with my blog too!

What is the most discouraging thing that has happened to you?
I get discouraged by less comments which is probably pretty odd! I'm an avid and serial blog commenter and love having that interaction with my readers, but there are midweek points where comment numbers lower and I get worried!

What's your lasting inspiration/motivation?
I'm inspired and motivated by the pace that the blogosphere evolves at. It's kinda fascinating to see the media shift from print to online, and notice just how influential bloggers are! I mean, designer collections take influence from the way bloggers put outfits together nowadays, I've spied Youtubers on big name adverts, and I've begun to carve my freelance career (partly) via my own blog.
Post your own response to this tag and let me know in the comments - I'd love to hear about your blogging experiences.

24 comments

  1. Hi Michelle! I've been following your blog for a while now, and I started my blog in 2011, but didn't really start writing seriously until late last year.
    I actually just had a question, if that's okay.
    When you take your outfit photos, do you always have someone do it for you or do you use a camera stand? I feel that my biggest problem with blogging is finding someone to take my photos for me.. Or even taking the photos in general considering I'm a really awkward person and I hate when people look at me in public especially if I'm taking outfit photos.
    What are some of your best advice for this issue?

    Thank you so much :')
    Danica XO

    http://www.heartstylegrace.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Aw that's so lovely to read Danica! I've sent you a little email to chat about this sweet. x

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  2. Thank you for sharing your blogger lifer
    and experience c; I really love your
    shirt with macarons on it! Xx

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    1. You're welcome lovely! Ah thank you, it's one of my favourites, so comfy! x

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  3. I'm going to join in too!....

    When did you start your blog?
    After my first year of University, I started up about two years ago now when I had some free time to spare!

    Have you had any other online presences?
    Haha I remember dial up connection too! I've had such a big online presence looking back, bebo, myspace, habbo hotel (looking back that website is full of creepers!) msn, and what's that website where you could design your own website with the mouse as the logo? Well that one haha, I felt like it really helped with html and coding! I got so good moving stuff round with coding, now with facebook (even though the format is all there for you!) I can't remember how to do that all now!

    Why did you start a blog?
    After reading so many beauty blogs, I got so addicted and fascinated and thought I would add in my own two cents!

    When did you become serious about starting a blog?
    I don't think I've super "serious" about blogging but view it more as a hobby that I really adore, as it has all my favourite things- beauty, style & photography!

    What was your first post?
    I can't even remember now! But I think it was an introductory post because I really didn't know how to start!

    What has been your biggest challenge about blogging?
    I think my photos and knowing what to post/ lacking motivation with blogging especially during University when blog posts would be a bit lack lustre due to being busy / lazy! Even now, with all my "free time" I do feel a bit clueless with it all!

    Where do you see your blog in one year?
    Hopefully I will still be blogging! Maybe improving on the photo content and be a little more expanded, I am happy with my tiny blog it is my own little corner on the internet!

    What is the most discouraging thing that has happened to you?
    I don't think I've had any "discouraging" moments or comments, but it's discouraging hearing about the latest blogging "drama" happening on twitter etc.. (incredibly rare though!)

    What's your lasting inspiration/motivation?
    I love the way bloggers advance and further their content and posts! As well as seeing a item of clothing transform into something really stunning from DIY posts!

    Hope this comment is okay, sorry its long! xxx

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    1. Ooh that's so interesting to read. I love your motivation/inspiration answer as well, I love seeing DIY posts! I vaguely remember that 'website with the mouse' actually, it's driving me insane because I can't remember the name! xx

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  4. I have seen a decrease in blog comments too :-( Makes me feel like I'm doing something wrong but then I just have to remind myself that I am guilty of it too because since getting an iphone, i've been reading blogs on that and it certainly drives me insane to comment from my iphone, it almost never works! I had AOL too, oh memories!!!! xxx

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    1. Ah I know, I do realise that more and more people read 'on the go' and subsequently don't comment. My visitor to comment ratio is SO unbalanced at the moment! Trying to figure out the best way to encourage readers to comment atm! (:

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  5. Loved reading this miss Daisy! xxxx

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  6. I absolutely loved reading this post, it was interesting to read your answers. I've been following your blog for as long as I can remember, it's been lovely to watch both it and you evolve into what it/you are now - wonderful!

    xxxx

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    1. Aaww thank you so much Amy! That means so much to me, I've remembered you as a follower for absolutely ages as well! xx

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  7. I adored Neopets!
    This is a lovely post, it is great to hear how bloggers started out and what your aims are. This is definitely one of my online destinations :)
    Abi xx
    http://alittleabstract.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Neopia was the place to me hahaha! Aw thank you Abi, got some exciting plans in store for the little blog, can't wait to share it with you. xx

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  8. I really enjoyed reading this post and finding out more about why you started blogging and what inspires you even now. I love the thought processes that go on behind everyone's blogs and it really does emphasise that everyone is unique but joined by this blogging community (: xx

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    1. Thanks so much Jo! I'd never really sat down and thought about it before but it has certainly helped me to realise how much my blog has 'achieved' and where I'd like to see it progress. xx

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  9. What an interesting post. I've been blogging for coming up 4 year now and it plays such a big part in my life. Interesting to read how it plays in yours

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    1. Thank you Cathryn! Ah I think I've read yours for around a year or two now. I can't imagine my life without my blog now, it plays such a big part in my evening life now too. x

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  10. loved getting to know you a little bit more :) I've not been blogging for long and my first posts are drafts too! haha xx

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    1. Ah thank you Sindy! Haha definitely, mine are not for anyone else's eyes nowadays, might write a throwback post regarding 'first posts' and developing blogging styles soon. (:

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  11. great post Michelle its really got me thinking about my blog.. such a good topic. would love to see so many of my fav bloggers answer these questions. :) xo

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    1. Thank you Vicki! Ah I'd love to read your answers to these questions. I'm always so curious about how and why people blog, it often gets forgotten about behind all the beautiful clothes! x

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